Yoan Zouma Releases Statement on Bolton Departure

  • September 29, 2020 | By Chris Mann
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Yoan Zouma insists it was his decision to cut short a trial at Bolton, despite reports to the contrary suggesting the club has opted against offering a contract.

Zouma joined Wanderers from French side Angers in August 2018 and made a total of 23 senior appearances prior to his departure this past June, but returned earlier in September after being invited to prove his fitness by Head Coach Ian Evatt.

The Trotters recently announced the 22-year-old would not be retained following a brief spell at their Lostock base, but Zouma has hit back with a response in which he admits the club failed to enter into negotiations over a new deal dating back as far as last November.

Speaking to The Bolton News, Zouma said: "Out of respect for Bolton and the club's fans I never communicated about the situation, I let Bolton communicate about my situation but today I would like to set some truth back.

"My wish has always been to sign and play for Bolton. I spent two seasons at the club with my initially signed Under-23s contract. In November 2019 the club made me an offer to extend my contract, but the offer was almost similar to my current contract, we tried to negotiate but never got a response from the club.

"At the beginning of July sporting director Tobias (Phoenix) contacted my agent to find out if I was still interested in returning to the club, we said 'yes' and we waited for an offer that never arrived. It is important for me to say that Bolton NEVER made me an offer to return to the club.

"Recently there was a mutual will for me to return to training at Bolton, Tobias insisted as the manager wanted to see if I was in good physical shape and it was agreed that he would make me an offer when another player was gone. Last week I spoke to the manager and he confirmed to me that the club wanted to sign me that they were going to send me an offer soon.

"On Thursday I decided not to return to training because I had not received any offers from Bolton.

"When I read what was said by the club and the coach I must set the record straight and protect my image.

"I have always given my best for the club despite the hardships and injustices I have suffered."

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